Hotel Indigo’s Phi in the Sky rooftop lounge is reopening just in time for Friday night’s Art Walk, and the River District boutique hotel invites you to be part of the festivities, which include the unveiling of David Acevedo’s mural entitled The Heart of the City’s Sky.
The hotel fronts on Main Street. It’s entrance sits across from the Lee County Courthouse, which has been in the news quite a bit over the past several weeks. That’s where the 200-year-old oak tree stands that was recently converted into a wood sculpture of a soaring American eagle. The tree became infested with termites and appeared destined for the wood chipper when chainsaw artist Marlin Miller stepped in and converted it into Fort Myers’ newest artistic landmark.
The hotel lobby is also accessible from Broadway, through the historic Post Office Arcade. Constructed in 1925, the Post Office Arcade was the first building on Broadway Street.
The Arcade also empties into a cozy courtyard shared by the new federal courthouse, HOWL Gallery/Tattoo and Starbucks. The courtyard is also home to Fort Myers: An Alternative History, a 20 foot tall by 100 foot long sepia-toned ceramic tile mural that chronicles the city’s early history as a Seminole Indian and civil war outpost and cattle town. That mural, made by former UF photography dean Barbara Jo Revelle, is now joined by Acevedo’s rooftop mural in Phi in the Sky.
Acevedo is not only an artist, but co-owner of daas Gallery, which is located just around the corner on Broadway Street. He was selected following a month-long competition initiated by Hotel Indigo’s Tim and Catherine O’Brien. David’s attention to detail, feel for space and color, and deep connection with Fort Myers’ social and cultural scene won him the commission.
Hotel Indigo is part of the InterContinental Hotels Group, which is known for its retail-inspired design concept that features guest rooms containing hand-painted murals and plush accommodations, and public spaces that are transformed seasonally through changing aromas, music, artwork and directional signage.
But one feature of the Phi in the Sky lounge that won’t be changing is The Heart of the City’s Sky mural. “David is not only a sensational artist, but his spirit runs deep and his work is an obvious statement of all things beautiful and exceptional in the world,” says Kayla Dacosta, the hotel’s social media director. “He grasps color and moves paint in such a way that viewers feel awakened by his work.” And Hotel Indigo couldn’t be happier with their new addition.
Be sure to schedule time during Art Walk to visit Phi in the Sky lounge. If possible, be there at 8:30. That’s when the hotel has planned a toast to David Acevedo and their new mural.
For the complete itinerary of all the exhibits and shows taking place during Art Walk on September 2, 2011, please click here.